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Death toll rises above 160 in Myanmar jade mine collapse

By: Reuters     3rd July 2020 The death toll in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has risen above 160, with more feared dead, authorities said on Friday, as search efforts continued for a second day. A heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake on Thursday and buried many workers under mud and water. 

Bigger, stronger filters advance tailings solution

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Metso has sought to advance its tailings management solution by launching the bigger and stronger VPX filter. 

Bigger, stronger filters advance tailings solution
OPTIMAL FILTRATION The VPX filter treats slurry materials, thereby increasing economic efficiency and social responsibility

Company continues global growth

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Following growth in Australia, as well as expansions into other countries, Australian mining and heavy equipment trader Components Only is focusing on continuing its momentum in terms of global growth. “About 30% of our revenue is now international. Our international expansion is twofold – to... 

Company continues global growth
EARTHMOVING COMPONENTS IMPORTING Currently, Components Only is a net importer of product for many countries the company works with

Automation technology solution can help smaller mines

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Earthmoving technology supplier Caterpillar’s new cloud-based technology platform, MineStar Edge, can be used to manage production cost effectively, particularly on small surface mines. “Many smaller mines rely on people, often haul truck operators, to manually record production information on... 

Automation technology solution  can help smaller mines
MINESTAR EDGE Automating the production recording process and provides access to business insights in near real-time. This provides an opportunity to improve operations within each shift

Equipment rentals benefit from dwindling economy

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Owing to the recent economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, many clients of heavy equipment solutions provider Bobcat Equipment South Africa are opting for short-term rental options, rather than the long-term commitment of buying. The rental segment has contributed significantly to... 

Equipment rentals benefit from dwindling economy
RENTAL BUSINESS GROWTH To deal with the expected increase in demand for rentals, Bobcat has ensured that its rental fleets nationwide were repaired, serviced and ready for service

Company leverages 20 years’ experience to benefit clients

3rd July 2020 The selection of suitable equipment for specific earthmoving tasks is critical, not only to optimise productivity, but to also ensure efficient capital expenditure, minimal downtime and safety on site, notes Equipment supplier HPE Africa. It is also critical that the equipment that is selected... 

Community relations vital for thriving mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 With South America being rich in natural minerals, and communities having a strong relation to the land, mining companies have to approach communities correctly if they want projects to be sustainable, Washington-based law firm Miller & Chevalier tells Mining Weekly. 

Community relations vital for thriving mining operations
MATTESON ELLIS There are significant economic implications if a sophisticated approach to handling community relationships is not taken

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Thirteen mineworkers have now succumbed to the coronavirus, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Of the 13 who have died, seven were employed in platinum mining in North West province, which has the most cases at 1 413... 

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Hydrogen as an energy source will play a key role in transforming aviation into a zero-carbon/climate-neutral system over the next few decades, an independent study states in estimating that the first short-range hydrogen-powered demonstrator could be developed by 2028 if sufficient investments... 

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study
Strong steps being taken to clean up the skies by using hydrogen to power aircraft.

At least 113 killed as Myanmar jade mine collapse buries workers

By: Reuters     2nd July 2020 A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed at least 113 people, with more feared dead, authorities said on Thursday, after a heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake, triggering a wave of mud and water that buried many workers. The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich... 

R10m Covid testing lab unveiled at De Beers' Venetia diamond mine

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 De Beers Venetia Mine has unveiled a R10-million coronavirus testing laboratory that will be used to check the diamond mines’ employees and contractors for Covid-19. Discussion with the Department of Health is also under way on assisting with the government’s screening efforts in the mine’s... 

R10m Covid testing lab unveiled at De Beers' Venetia diamond mine
Limpopo MEC of Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba (left) and De Beers Group Managed Operations MD Mpumi Zikalala (right).

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust  

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 Platinum group metals are in pole position to benefit from the fast-growing global decarbonisation momentum, Mining Weekly can today report. A multiplicity of global announcements are emerging daily that inextricably link platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells as well as platinum-catalysed... 

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust
AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Guidelines launched to improve mining waste storage facility safety

By: Donna Slater     30th June 2020 Nonprofit environmental and community organisation Earthworks, together with an international group of 142 scientists, community groups and nongovernmental organisations from 24 countries, have published a set of 16 guidelines for the safer storage of mine waste. The guidelines, titled 'Safety... 

Exxaro says safety strategy paying off

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th June 2020 JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro has achieved 730 lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free days at the plant and central engineering workshop work areas within the Matla coal mine. This is equivalent to two years of zero mineworker LTIs, it says.  

Exxaro says safety strategy paying off

Pleasantly surprised by productivity during lockdown – Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering  

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2020 Engineering company Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering has been pleasantly surprised by the productivity and agility that the lockdown has afforded it as an engineering house engaged in the energy sector. Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering’s major industrial clients include State electricity utility Eskom... 

Pleasantly surprised by productivity during lockdown – Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering
Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering CEO Thava Govender interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Intensive communication playing key role in curbing Covid at South Deep  

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2020 Way ahead of any indication of national lockdown, South Deep gold mine started an intensive and focused communication awareness campaign to shield its people from the coronavirus pandemic. It placed a lot of reliance on leadership across the board, going down to basic family leadership, and put... 

Intensive communication playing key role in curbing Covid at South Deep
Gold Fields VP Martin Preece talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on South Deep. Video: Darlene Creamer.

IGF releases fourth ‘Guidance for Governments’ report

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2020 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) has released its newest Guidance for Governments report, titled 'Improving Legal Frameworks for Environmental- and Social-Impact Assessment and Management. IGF outreach manager and law adviser Clémence Naré... 

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2020 Bold action is needed by South Africa Inc to take ownership of the significant potential share of the global battery metals market open to it, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Speaking to Mining Weekly following this week’s presentation by the company of solid 2019 financial results... 

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld
Wind and sun are producing clean electricity that vanadium flow batteries can store.

Free health checks for Qld quarry workers

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th June 2020 The Queensland government on Friday announced mandatory free health checks for life for the state’s 15 000 mineral mine and quarry workers, to protect them from mine dust lung diseases. The free checks would apply from September 1. “Every Queensland worker has the right to safe working... 

Refinery prepares for ramp-up

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 In line with the Level 4 and Level 3 regulations announced by South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, precious metals refining and smelting complex Rand Refinery is preparing to ramp up its operations.  

Refinery prepares  for ramp-up
PRAVEEN BAIJNATH Rand Refinery remains committed to its obligations

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 As almost all of South Africa’s gold mines are underground operations, the lockdown essentially brought this sector to a halt for some time, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response
MARCIN WERTZ While some work can be done remotely, and meetings can be held online, the lack of access to site has hampered some projects

Lesotho opens more border posts for return of foreign mineworkers 

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2020 Lesotho has opened up more border posts to speed up  the return to work of locked-down foreign mineworkers. As reported  by Mining Weekly last week, 12 000 mineworkers had one border post at their disposal on re-entering South Africa from Lesotho and the opening of more border posts was requested. 

Lesotho opens more border posts for return of foreign mineworkers
Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and legacies senior executive Nikisi Lesufi.

Anglo American calls for cooperative response in trying times 

By: Schalk Burger     25th June 2020 Diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani has called for a society-wide response to the global Covid-19 crisis and says the miner is committed to global tax and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). In its Tax and Economic Contribution report for the year ended... 

Anglo American calls for cooperative response in trying times
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Six mineworkers die from Covid-19 – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2020 Six mineworkers have succumbed to coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, Minerals Council South Africa said on Thursday. Back at work so far and screened daily are 272 770 mineworkers, on which 16 994 tests have been conducted, yielding 1 796 positive Covid cases and 666 recoveries,... 

Six mineworkers die from Covid-19 – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa’s Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Infrastructure investment only way to propel economy forward – New Development Bank 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2020 The only way for South Africa to propel the South African economy forward is to invest further in productive infrastructure, New Development Bank VP Leslie Maasdorp said on Tuesday. Maasdorp was speaking during a virtual Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (Sidssa),... 

Infrastructure investment only way to propel economy forward – New Development Bank
Photo by Creamer Media
New Development Bank VP Leslie Maasdorp

Bushveld retains vanadium production guidance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2020 While Vametco and Vanchem’s production were disrupted by the 35-day nationwide Covid lockdown, London Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals is retaining the previously announced guidance, provided there are no more pandemic stoppages. Bushveld Minerals is a vertically integrated primary vanadium producer... 

Bushveld retains vanadium production guidance
Fortune Mojapelo and Tanya Chikanza

Covid-19 is an important catalyst for hydrogen economy’s take-off – AP Ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2020 Despite being a global pandemic with hugely negative health consequences, Covid-19  is an important catalyst for the take-off of the hydrogen economy, in which platinum plays a fundamental role. “There’s an opportunity now to capitalise on a new wave on interest in hydrogen,” says AP Ventures LLP... 

Covid-19 is an important catalyst for hydrogen economy’s take-off – AP Ventures
AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals Council shares details of mining industry's Covid-19 resilience with committee 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2020 With a higher test rate at 3.01%, compared with the national and global average test rates of 2.07% and 1.57%, respectively, South Africa’s mining industry is proving to be handling the Covid-19 pandemic better than most sectors, the Minerals Council has said. Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter... 

Minerals Council shares details of mining industry's Covid-19 resilience with committee
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Manganese remains resilient

By: Tracy Hancock     19th June 2020 Manganese prices remained resilient in the first quarter of 2020, even as Chinese imports fell by 18%, with in-country logistics impacted on by the country’s Covid-19 lockdown, says natural resources developer South32 CEO Graham Kerr. He was speaking to delegates of the BofA Securities 2020... 

Manganese remains resilient
PRICEY IMPEDIMENTS Manganese prices increased sharply in April, as disruptions to supply from South Africa, Brazil and other markets affected more than 40% of global supply

Worker dies in accident at Codelco's Radomiro Tomic mine in northern Chile

By: Reuters     18th June 2020 Chile's State-owned Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, said Thursday a worker had died in an accident at its Radomiro Tomic mine in northern Chile while performing maintenance work. The incident occurred late Wednesday as the 33-year-old operator worked in an extraction truck. "Work... 

Screening apps and 41-day vacations: Keeping miners Covid-free

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2020 With hundreds of people living and working in close proximity, mines — and the camps that house their workers — seemed like fertile territory for the coronavirus to spread. So far, the global mining sector has yet to face the kind of outbreaks that paralysed US meat plants and wreaked havoc on... 

Screening apps and 41-day vacations: Keeping miners Covid-free
Sibanye's WeAre1 screening app.

Tshipi profitable throughout Covid lockdown – Jupiter 

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2020 The Tshipi  Borwa manganese mine in South Africa’s Kalahari manganese field has remained profitable and cash positive throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, Sydney-listed Jupiter Mines stated on Wednesday. Overall mining at Tshipi Borwa, which continues to be in a favourable position owing to its... 

Tshipi profitable throughout Covid lockdown – Jupiter
Tshipi Borwa manganese mine.

Wescoal develops SOPs, COPs for Covid, expects upcoming loss

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2020 Coal-mining and trading company Wescoal on Monday voluntarily updated shareholders on its operations, strategic projects and milestones as well as its quarterly production and sales figures from its operating assets. Wescoal stated that it was in the process of finalising its results for the year... 

Wescoal develops SOPs, COPs for Covid, expects upcoming loss
Activity at Wescoal mining in Mpumalanga

More border openings wanted for returning workers – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2020 More border openings are wanted for returning foreign mineworkers. As of Thursday last week, not a single foreign mineworker had re-entered South Africa from neighbouring foreign countries. “Only a limited number of border posts are open,” Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and... 

More border openings wanted for returning workers – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa Covid-19 Update covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Chilean copper miners labour group alleges 'alarming' rise in coronavirus cases

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2020 Chilean copper miners' unions called on Sunday for a re-evaluation of the operational continuity plans of the country's biggest miners during what they said was an "alarming" increase in coronavirus cases among workers. In a statement signed by the union leadership of State-owned Codelco, the... 

Chilean copper miners labour group alleges 'alarming' rise in coronavirus cases

Products meet mining lubrication challenges

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) is offering industrial equipment manufacturer ROCOL’s range of wire rope lubricant products to solve vital and complex lubrication challenges for local miners. “Where lubricants are put through the most challenging... 

Products meet mining lubrication challenges
MEETING TOXICITY CHALLENGES ROCOL is known for its biodegradable wire rope lubricants

Rented mobile equipment presents opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 With the resumption of activities in different economic sectors, such as the mining industry, local lubrication equipment supplier Industrial Fluid Solutions (IFS) CEO Gustav Fourie states that there has been an increase in demand for fluid-handling equipment which would reduce manpower... 

240 000 miners back at work – Minerals Council South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 An estimated 240 000 miners are back at work on 385 large and small mines across South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Each and every one of these miners was screened on their return to work after lockdown... 

240 000 miners back at work – Minerals Council South Africa
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Covid update by Minerals Council South Africa. Video: Darlene Creamer 11.06.2020
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